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and his crew hoemdld a news conference to discuss their ssion to the international space tastation. "endeavour" scheduled to launch april 19th. that does it for me. not quite. i'm going to throw it over to suzanne to continue, but i'll join you in five minutes or so. >> looking forward to it, carol. i'll see you. live from studio 7, i'm suzanne malveaux. want to get you up to speed for thursday, march 24th. new safety and security questions today at reagan national. major airport, four miles from the white house. early wednesday morning, two commercial jetliners waiting to land got no answer from the control tower. >> the tower is apparently unmanned. we called on the phone and nobody's answering. so the aircraft went in and just says uncontrolled airport. >> that's interesting. >> the pilots talked themselves down and landed the planes safely. just one controller is on duty for the graveyard shift at
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reagan national. the transportation secretary says that's going to change immediately. well, there's a good chance that some flights out of miami will be delayed or canceled today. fire at the airport's fuel depot triggered explosions that ripped apart one tank. it put the other five fuel tanks out of commission. the airport will use tanker trucks to refuel planes today. for a fifth straight day, coalition warplanes bombed military targets around libya's capital today. state tv showed what it said was a military base in flames. coalition air strikes on gadhafi forces outside misrata haven't stopped the shelling of those cities. in yemen, a president under fire puts his supporters on the streets in a noisy demonstration. president salah is under intense
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pressure to step down immediately, but he is refusing. several of salah's key generals and diplomats switched sides after he launched a bloody crackdown last week. in japan, levels of radioactive iodine in tokyo's water system, they dropped significantly today. officials say it is now safe for babies to drink tap water or for parents who use tap water in formula. but still the city handed out about a quarter million bottles of water today to homes with kids. two fukushima nuclear workers are now in the hospital today for possible radiation poisoning. the men stepped in a puddle while laying cable at the plant. water seeped through the protective clothing that they were wearing and got on their legs. a third worker was wearing boots high enough to cover his skin. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu promises to act vigorously, he says, following a bus bombing. the terror attack in jerusalem
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killed one person and wounded more than 50. israel's ambassador to the u.s. says that the bombing does not appear related to militants' recent rocket attacks on southern israel. defense secretary robert gates met with his israeli counterpart in tel aviv today. and he is urging the israelis to restart peace negotiations with the palestinians. defense officials say that gates believes israel can get ahead of the pop ulous wave across the middle east by pressing a peace deal. and hundreds of potential jurors are at the los angeles county courthouse today. 12 will be chosen to decide whether michael jackson's doctor goes to prison. dr. conrad murray is charged with giving jackson an overdose of an anesthetic. opening statements in the trial are set for may. now more for our top story. there are safety concerns at reagan national airport. after two pilots were unable to
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reach the control tower before landing. our sandra endo is in washington with details. first of all, sandra, the flight landed safely, but there's still so many questions here. the real issue, why the control tower couldn't be reached during that critical time. >> yeah, absolutely, suzanne. an investigation is under way right now. but basically it was radio silence from a lone air traffic controller in that tower. and the federal aviation administration says that the first case happened at 12:10 wednesday morning when an american airlines flight wanted to land. it was coming from miami. and it couldn't get in touch with the air traffic controller. and then 15 minutes later, a united flight coming from chicago also wanted to touch down but had problems connecting. there was no one responding to calls from these pilots. here's a recording of a pilot talking to a regional air traffic controller. have a listen. >> american 1900, so you're
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aware the tower is apparently not manned. we've made a few phone calls. nobody's answering. so two airplanes went in the past 10, 15 minutes. so you can expect to go in as an uncontrolled airport. >> is there a reason it's not manned? >> well, i'm going to take a guess and say that the controller got locked out. i've heard of this happening before. >> that's the first time i've heard of it. >> fortunately, it's not very often. it happened about a year ago. i'm not sure that's what happened now, but anyway, there's nobody in the tower. >> that's interesting. >> it is. >> interesting but also potentially dangerous. luckily both flights landed safely. and now the investigation is under way by the faa and the national transportation safety board. although secretary of transportation ray lahood already directed some orders
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saying that overnight shifts at that tower, suzanne, now have to be manned by two people. and in a statement he says that it is not acceptable to have just one controller in the tower managing air traffic in this critical airspace. so, of course, the investigation will continue. and he is also calling for a study on staffing nationwide at all airports. suzanne? >> sandra, that was such an understatement when he said interesting. a lot of people looking at that shaki their heads thinking what the heck is going on? we'll talk to an expert to ask is this typical and whether or not that really was a dangerous situation. so we'll find out more on that. thank you very much. now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. president obama is facing growing criticism over his handling of the air strikes in libya. he returned home from a five-day trip to latin america. he returned yesterday.
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but he hasn't made any public statements about his strategy in libya. that brings us to the "talk back" question. carol costello has that for us. a lot of people have questions. there's confusion over the mission. >> and the questions are coming from lawmakers, from the public. they're coming from everywhere. >> his supporters and his critics. >> you got that right. the president says the u.s. has an exit strategy for libya that will take place this week, and that has some scratching their heads. exit strategy is one thing, but what exactly was the entrance strategy? it didn't take long for house speaker john boehner to fire off a letter to mr. obama complaining of limited somewhat contradictory information from the administration on libya. boehner says the president committed u.s. military resources to war without clearly defining for the american people the congress and our troops what the mission in libya is. democrat nancy pelosi sent her own letter cautiously supporting the president. mr. obama has no public appearances and no speeches scheduled for today. and some are saying that has to change and fast.
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michael wauldman, a former sweechwri speechwriter for president clinton, says presidents don't go into war without explaining themselves to the nation. waldman writing on bloomberg.com, mr. obama may believe u.s. missiles speak for themselves. they don't. so how about now? will the u.s. stay in if the war drags on or cede control to other partners? the "talk back" question today, what do you want the president to say or do about libya? write to me on facebook.com/carolcnn, and i will read your responses later in the hour. >> you and i were talking about this. i won't place bets, but i think the president's going to come out and say something. >> there's no scheduled public appearances today, but he's meeting behind closed doors to shore up support with members of congress and he's also meeting with joe biden. so maybe he'll come out and say something tomorrow or monday. i don't know. >> i think his press people will say you know what? we've got to put him out there. >> that would be smart.
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>> in our opinion. thanks, carol. here's a look at what's ahead on "the rundown." we'll talk to an aviation expert about that incident that took place at reagan national. pilots unable to reach anyone in the control tower. also, a government trip to find civilian casualties in libya takes a wrong turn. >> this is a government convoy. most likely people around here, even if they knew anything, wouldn't tell government officials. plus, parents in denial about their children's weight. and the disaster in japan may halt production at u.s. toyota plants. and finally, an american worker who was inside that japanese nuclear plant. >> it's gone in a matter of seconds. but there's no precursor, no warnings. nothing. other than when it hits. [ male announcer ] america's beverage companies are working together
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the pilot, would you be worried? >> i wouldn't be worried. clearly procedurally something weren't wong herong here. investigators will get to the bottom of that. but 90% of the airports in the country don't have control towers. many airports have part-time control towers. so what the pilot did at the instruction of the controller was treated at an airport where the tower had closed. the risk to the passengers here was very, very low. >> why do you say that? because we would assume that the control tower, the guy in the control tower, would help both of those pilots know that the runways were clear, that it was safe to land. >> that's correct, but the pilots fly into -- there are probably between 100 and 200 airports in this country that are served by air carriers that do not have control towers. so there are procedures to do that. and they're done safely every day. >> explain to us, help us understand that because this is
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not just any airport. this is reagan national. it's four miles from the white house. i mean, it's a very busy airport and a really important place. >> well, you're absolutely right. it's a very special airport. it's right next to some of the most strictly prohibited airspace in the country. there are special procedures for high-speed communication to the secret service and whatever else. and so it is a highly sensitive airport. but to say it's busy, it's busy at some times of the day, but definitely not after midnight. it's very slow. >> okay. so help us understand this because i travel in and out of reagan all the time here. i've taken those late flights. and i understand that even if the pilot understands that the runways are clear for the most part, there's not a lot of traffic, during that time, you have maintenance crews that are towing planes, there are people on the ground. i mean, how would a pilot possibly know what was taking place on the ground if he doesn't have communication with somebody in the control tower? >> well, i would point out i think we had good visual flying
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conditions of the airliner coming in. strobe lights and landing lights and it's big and it's making noise. and the likelihood at reagan, of course, of an airplane being towed across that runway is remote. there's no reason to have airplanes on the riverside of the runway, assuming they're landing on the main north/south runway there. i mean, something weren't wrong. the investigators will get to the bottom of that. there will be corrective measures. the risk here was very really low. >> why is it acceptable? i mean, the secretary of transportation, ray lahood, says this was not a good idea, that you have to have at least two people in the tower. why is it acceptable to just have one? is that typical? >> well, i'd go back to the point that 90% of the airports in the country have no towers at all. and it's largely dictated by traffic counts. and so after midnight, departures are about zero and arrivals are very few. so staffing levels are done typically based on traffic counts. but, you know, the secretary has made a decision. i'm not questioning that, that
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he will require to controllers in that tower. >> there are some statistics as well. there has been an increase, 51% increase, in error from these air traffic controllers. i assume that, you know, there are times when they have to leave the tower and go to the bathroom or perhaps they haven't gotten enough sleep. do you have a sense of why this is taking place? >> iny th think that the errors you're talking about, violation of the separation criteria where airplanes get closer together than they should. it's important to figure in the equation the fact that the faa now has set up a system that really encourages reporting of errors and controllers are much less likely to hide them. so i'm not sure that the increase in the count reflects much more than the fact that they're being much more thoroughly reported. and many of these are just minor, you know, 2.8 miles what ought to be 3 or something like that. that's not to say they aren't all being investigated. they certainly are. but the system is just
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incredibly safe overall. >> and i want to follow up real quickly because you had said that there's some visuals. there's not a lot of traffic during that time around midnight or so. so you know there may be just one or two planes coming in around that time. if the weather was poor, if you had poor visibility, would the pilot land under those conditions, or would he have to, in fact, be talking to somebody in a control tower to know what was taking place on the ground? >> well, the -- you can shoot an instrument approach with a very precise guidance system into an uncontrolled airport. so that's possible. but i think that would have altered what happened here in all likelihood because the tower, you know, the pilots, they made a judgment based on all of the conditions, and the weather was certainly very good. if the weather had been challenging, they might have done something else. >> all right. scott wallace, we appreciate your perspective and your expertise on this. i know a lot of people looking
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at this situation and very surprised to find that no one was in that tower and that there are so many airports that don't have air traffic controllers in those towers during those times. thank you very much, scott. we're also following another fast-developing story. the disaster in japan. the water issue there. and the race to prevent a nuclear meltdown at the damaged plant in fukushima. we'll have a live update. you kn. and how to fold 'em. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle...and go. you can even take a full-size or above and still pay the mid-size price. here we are... [ male announcer ] and there you go, business pro. there you go. go national. go like a pro. ♪ [ male announcer ] what are you gonna miss when you have an allergy attack? benadryl® is more effective than claritin®
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in the middle of judge pan's triple disaster, perhaps there is some good news having to do with tokyo's water supply. but to the north at the daiichi power plant, two workers have been hospitalized. our martin savidge joins us with the latest. marty, tell us exactly what happened to these two workers. it really sounds like perhaps what everyone was fearing. >> reporter: well, it is. i mean, one of the things, of course, you're concerned about are all those who were up there at the fukushima nuclear plant that are struggling to try to bring things under control. and we know that there are literally hundreds of employees that have been working on that. but there were at least three of them today that were working specifically on reactor number three. this is considered to be the most dangerous of all the reactors out there because of the fuel mix which includes plutonium, very dangerous stuff. they were trying to run a new power cable in there.
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the old power cables had been knocked out as a result of the tsunami. get the power back on, get the pumps going, and you bring stability, at least hopefully, back to the plant. while they were working, they stepped in a puddle of water. well, there's no such thing as a regular puddle of water out there. highly radioactive water. some of that water splashed up on the legs of some of these workers and apparently got on their skin. and as a result of that, they suffered radiation burns. three of them to be specific. two went to the hospital. the third apparently, it splashed on clothing not directly on the skin. that's why he didn't go. the level of exposure they received, apparently the ee k f equivalent of one year of normal exposure on the job. they got it in one single event. even so, it's not said to be life threatening as long as you treat it quickly which is why they went to the hospital, and they did treat it quickly. >> we can only imagine what some of those emergency workers have been doing over the last couple of weeks and the danger that they're under, under radiation there.
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we hope they're okay. i want you to talk about the water situation as well. now we're hearing new reports that pregnant women can drink the tap water? >> reporter: right. it's been this progression, of course, for the people of japan, but especially in your major city like tokyo here where first of all they were concerned about the levels of radiation in the water. then it was the levels of radiation in the food and how radiation was entering the food chain. now it's the water. yesterday levels of water were deemed to be unhealthy for children under the age of 1. and i'm talking about the radiation contamination. today when they tested the water, the levels were significantly lower. and no one's exactly sure why you had that significant fluctuation in a matter of 24 hours. but you're right, now the water is considered safe even for pregnant women. you might expect would be very cautious. the reality is, though, that even though the level of radiation may have come down, the level of fear is still extremely high. they have bought out just about every bottle of water to be found in the city of tokyo.
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and people are, i doubt, drinking tap water even with the government saying it's okay. >> so i'm a little confused, though, because the government is distributing bottled water still, right, to households that have babies? is that right? >> reporter: right. they just started that. and, in fact, what the government was saying they may have to do is start importing bottled water from other countries to meet the supply. but then you get this kind of whipsaw effect where yesterday the news was dire. today it's no, the water's okay. it's no wonder that many people are simply saying you know what? i think i'll stick to bottled water for the time being because i can't figure out what the levels will be from one day to the next. >> all right. yeah. a lot of confusion there. thank you, marty, appreciate that. the disaster in japan has toyota warning its u.s. plants that they may have to shut down because of parts shortage. we want to go live to allison kosic live at the new york stock exchange. it's the first time we're hearing an automaker warn that it might have to close all of the factories in one area, one
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region? >> reporter: exactly. suzanne, until now, those shutdowns have really been confinedjapan, but now we're hearing toyota put out a warning at all north american plants telling them to prepare for possible shutdowns. this is because of a shortage of supplies that usually come from japan. now, if these shutdowns were to happen, they would happen in canada, in mexico and here in the u.s. here in the u.s. most of the plants are pretty much in kentucky, west virginia and tennessee. now, some of the models that would be affected, the list is kind of long. i'll go through some of them. it would be the camera and avalon, tacoma, tundra, highlander, sequoia suvs. keep in mind, these shutdowns are not definite as of yet. toyota says it is continuing to assess the situation, suzanne. >> and allison, other car companies perhaps shutting down as well in the united states? >> reporter: well, analysts say, you know, this could only be the beginning because we could see this spread industrywide. i mean, you think about general motors, last week it said it was
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shutting down its sleeve porthr louisiana, plant. we are seeing ripple effects. nissan, honda and ford are saying their u.s. production is not affected yet. one bright spot, japan says it will resume production of its prius in japan on monday. toyota resuming its production on the preis. >> ok prius. >> it's an issue on wall street, not just folks buying or needing that car fix, yeah? clr exactly. it kurt hurt their bottom line. i'm talking about earnings. and we'll certainly see the details in april when the next earnings season rolls around. think about it. if they're not selling cars and trucks, they're not getting as much revenue. i mean, you look at toyota stock that's traded right here at the knock stock exchange, it's down 4% since the earthquake happened. it's down another 1% today. you look at shares of apple even taking a hit because components of apple's ipad 2 are made in a jap
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japan. that's really going to cause delays in getting the ipad2. even calloway golf does 20% of business in japan. its shares are down 11%. then tiffany. we talked about tiffany yesterday. 20% of its revenue comes from japan. this ripple effect financially we continue to see here. suzanne? >> thank you, allison. now it's your turn. your chance to choose the news. you now hoe know how it works. you text the one you want to see next hour. and we'll air it. from "national velvet" to national stretreasure. a look at the life of elizabeth taylor. also, for the past six months, a team of engineers has been working on a skreecret appr your phone. and although it may be more convenient, swiping your credit card at the gas pump may be costing you big time. vote by texting 22360.
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his dad picks him up and kisses him. what a wonderful reunion. 300 sailors on a six-month deployment in afghanistan. and they are back home. you saw just that touching moment of one of those sailors just picking his kid up and kissing him all over. more hugs. family reunion. six months in afghanistan. taking pictures. wonderful moment for these families. nice to share it. explosions rang out around tripoli earlier today. coalition forces carried out a sixth day of air strikes on libyan targets. libyan tv showed what it said was a military base in flames. coalition leaders have disputed claims of civilian casualties from the air strikes. and one attempt by the libyan government, their officials to show proof that their allegations didn't go as planned. details from our senior international correspondent,
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nick rnic robertson. >> reporter: a drive through tripoli streets is a window on a city at war. the roads quieter than normal. half the stores closed. like all trips we take, government officials determine when and where we go. this one to the south of the city. not quite as they planned. about 30 minutes ago the government took us to set off on a trek to find a civilian house they said had been damaged in bombing. they said there was a military facility nearby, civilians had been wounded, collateral damage, they said. we've been driving around for the last half an hour. 20 minutes in one neighborhood around what seems to be a heavily walled dotted compound. they still can't find this house. and they've been stopping to talk to people along the way. but they're not talking to the people on the streetside here. this is a government convoy. most likely people around here, even if they knew anything, wouldn't tell government officials. about 12 hours earlier, not long
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after moammar gadhafi's defiant speech, state tv ran a video it claimed showed civilians being pulled from burning rubble. that's the place we were expecting to be taken. after more waiting at the roadside, not far from a large military installation, there is still no help for the government officials. well, after another ten minutes of indecision, we're moving on again. i'm not sure that the drivers actually know where they're going this time, but we're going to find out. the day before when officials took us to see bomb damage at the harbor, residents flocked there, too. keen to see the strikes, state tv doesn't broadcast. despite the pro-gadhafi rallies that have been a staple of government television, this is a city of apprehension and anxiety. regime opponents afraid to speak out. silently hoping for change.
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everyone worried a wider war may be coming. today our opportunity to find out more all too brief. we've been brought back to the hotel. government officials couldn't find the house, so here we are back at the hotel where this all began. about an hour ago. our window closing. until the next time. nic robertson, cnn, tripoli, libya. well, the military mission in libya is to protect civilians from an onslaught by gadhafi forces. but politically both president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton have said it is time for gadhafi to go. well, that mission may be a lot more difficult to carry out. richard haass talked about that with anderson cooper. >> whatever the u.s. faces, until libya is functioning as a normal country that in many ways is a positive place, that could be a matter of years. >> can you see a situation where gadhafi remains in power and this operation ends? >> sure.
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he could hang tough, by and large the 2k3w069s stay intact and are willing to kill their own people, they can remain in place. then the interpret community would have to decide whether to escalate. we don't know whether the arab league would be willing to escalate. the president said he wants gadhafi to go, which is quite ambitious, but he also said no american boots on the ground. right now we have a disconnect between the ambition of our goals and the limits on our means. unless someone else is willing to provide those additional means, sure, it's quite possible that gadhafi could survive or you simply have a standoff. you can imagine libya fighting this out for some time to come. >> now also to the escalating violence in syria. a human rights activist says thousands of people in daraa turned out today for a funeral for a soldier who was reportly shot because he refused to fire on demonstrators. witnesses say 15 people were killed in a crackdown on protesters yesterday. and opposition leaders say at one point security forces tried
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to storm the area where protesters had taken up positions. the protesters want an end to the state of emergency that has been in place now for decades. they are also calling for the release of prisoners of conscious and for more freedoms. well, some overweight mothers don't know when their kids are too heavy. what is the reason for the disconnect? we're going to check with our senior medical correspondent, elizabeth cohen, for the answers. that and boston crème pie, white chocolate strawberries. [ female announcer ] yoplait light -- over 30 delicious flavors at about 100 calories. babe, what are you doing?! ♪
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don't forget to choose the news. text for the story that you'd like to see in detail the next hour. vote 1 for the story about the life of hollywood icon elizabeth taylor. 2 for the story about mobile phone app that developers compare to facebook and twitter, or 3 for the down side of using your credit card to buy gas. the winning story is going to air in the next hour. so if you or your kids are overweight, you've probably heard that you need to eat less, move more. but a new study now says that many parents suffer a disconnect had it comes to their own kids. they don't know when they're obese. and that is something that can lead to health problems clearly later on. our senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen joins us. tell us what the issue is here, elizabeth. how does this happen?
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>> right. the issue here, suzanne, is do parents know that their kids are obese? and as a mom, i can say it's kind of hard sometimes keeping track of your kids' weight. they may seem chubby and then they shoot up and have a growth spurt. but parents need to keep track and know. in the study by researchers at columbia university of a minority mostly low-income population, half of the moms were not aware that their children actually were obese. suzanne? >> do you think -- do the kids realize that they were obese? >> no, the kids didn't realize it either. four out of five kids didn't realize that they were obese. now, these are kids who are old enough to know sort of theoretically, but it's a little less surprising. it's sort of the mom part that surprises me more. you would expect a mom might know. >> why do you suppose the parents didn't realize there was actually a problem? >> you know, i think what happens is that as america gets more and more overweight and obese, your obese child just looks like all his friends.
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so your child is obese, but maybe his friend is even heavier than he is. so you start sort of feeling like your kid is okay. and that's a real problem because doctors need to say to parents, look. your child may look like everybody else, but your child is obese. maybe those other kids are, too. >> give us an example, elizabeth. what would be obese for a child for a kid some? >> let's take a look at the growth charted charts here for average size child what would be obese. for example, a 5-year-old boy who weighs more than 48 pounds and average height, that's obese. a 10-year-old girl of average height, more than 96 pounds would be considered obese. >> and how can you know if your kid is obese? >> well, what you need to do is you needing to the cdc website. and they have this great tool that really helps you figure it out. you put in your kid's gender and height and weight. and it lets you know. and if you go to cnn.com/thechart, there's a link to that cdc site.
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it's a little bit hard to find. there's a link to that site. so be an empowered patient, go in, put in your child's height, weight and gender and you can find out if they're overeighty, obese or at a good weight. >> great information. thank you. >> thanks. radiation worries on the west coast now. five states now reporting trace amounts in the air. this radiation. is it dangerous? we're going to tell you what health officials are saying about it. ♪ in a lab. ♪ in a living room. we have lift-off. on a stage. [ jimi hendrix "foxy lady" intro ] in a garage. [ guys cheering ] and now... at the end of a power cord. introducing the extended range electric volt from chevrolet.
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very small amounts of radiation have been detected in western united states. and officials say it likely drifted over from japan. now, air monitors in colorado and oregon have reported trace radioactive particles this week. along with washington, california and hawaii. but health officials insist there is no health risk. the epa says in a typical day, americans get doses of radiation from natural sources like the sun, bricks, rocks that are about 100,000 times higher than what has come from japan. the shifting winds in northern japan threatened to blow radiation over more land areas. i want to check in with our rob marciano. rob, what's the situation like? i know a lot of west coast folks are relieved and say not a lot of radiation. but there's areas where it's spreading. >> certainly in japan. it's totally dependent on the local winds there because we
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have the radiation hovering over the plants. and there's two things that can bring it down into populated areas. one, the winds, obviously. and thankfully for the most part the prevailing winds at the surface and at the midlevels and higher levels is from west to east. that with take it out to sea. the other issue is, if you get any sort of precipitation with an on-shore wind which doesn't happen often but it can happen, that will take some of that radiation and the particles that are in the air that are radioactive and precipitate that down to the ground with the rain and the snow. so we don't want the precipitation, but typically with the precip comes a pretty strong east to west wind. so -- or west to east wind i should say. what we have right now, though, are very light winds. no real strong system over the area right now. we've got winds anywhere from three miles an hour to two miles an hour on shore or offshore. but as we go through time here, the forecast as we get a couple of short waves or a little mini-cyclones that come through
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the area, that will help make the pattern a little bit more progressive from west to east. so as far as what the forecast models are showing for our winds, we go from calm to slightly on shore to everything now over the next couple days really goes offshore pretty strong. and first it goes 10 to 20 to 30 miles an hour. by the time we get to sunday, anywhere from 10 to 15. that's the direction we want. and that's for the most part, you know, four out of five days, suzanne is when we'll get a pretty strong offshore wind. that's what we want. it's the one or 1 1/2 days out of the week where we get either light winds or on-shore flow is when things get nervous. and that's how that radiation gets into the soil and vegetation and unfortunately the water supply in spots. >> thank you, rob. >> you bet. an american contractor has a special interest in what's going on in japan's crippled nuclear plant. he was actually there the earthquake and tsunami hit. he talked about his dramatic experience with cnn's david mattingly.
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>> kind of like slowed down just a little. then all of a sudden it got worse and worse. >> reporter: when the quake hit, he was in a turbine building attached to the fukushima daiichi nuclear reactor number one. the shaking was so violent, american contractor danny eudy says he didn't need a translator to know what the japanese workers were shouting. >> you know run is run. workers were shouting. >> we know ron is ron. >> did you think you were going to make it out of that building? >> i wasn't sure. >> once outside, beauty says he saw cracks in the ground around the plant, a hillside that shifted on a road. he was confident, however, that the reactors were fine. >> to the best of my knowledge, everything shut down when it was supposed to. i was not worried about the reactors. >> but it wasn't long before his japanese co-workers were shouting the alarm about something else. the massive tsunami toppling the hill and hitting the plant.
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he wasn't able to see the wave, but he was able to see what it did, and that affected him deeply. >> it's just, it's gone in a matter of seconds. but there's no precursor, no warnings, nothing. other than when it hits. >> udi was evacuated to tokyo and within days was back in the u.s., but his thoughts remain with what he left behind in fukushima. >> are those workers in your mind heros? >> i don't know if they're heroes, i would just call them like myself, just workers, trying to do the best they can. >> a reminder about your chance to choose the news, you vote by texting 22360. vote one for elizabeth taylor's life. vote two or revolutionary phone
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now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. president obama's strategy in libya is coming under fire from
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some democrats as well as republicans. that's the topic of today's talk back topic. >> a lot of folks feel very strongly about this. what do you want the president to say or do about libya? this from ritchie, exit strategy? just turn the ships around. >> this from sherry, continue to support/protect these freedom fighters. this one from ed, how about a concise explanation of the policy and what constitutes success? and this from nick. we did our part, now the other 99% of the u.n. can deal with it. we don't have the funds to be policing the world. this from rex, talk to congress, i thought this guy was a constitutional similar, laughing out loud.
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continue the conversation, i'll see you in about ten minutes or so. >> great, carol. thanks. moving on. after heart break, a woman pretends that she's okay, for herself and for her surviving son after japan's devastating tsunami takes most of her family. [ sneezing ] ♪ [ male announcer ] what are you gonna miss when you have an allergy attack? benadryl® is more effective than claritin® at relieving your worst symptoms and works when you need it most. benadryl®. you can't pause life.
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wrenching, it's just difficult to imagine. and the daily effort just to survive leaves little time to mourn. >> reporter: for taiko, coping with loss means denying grief. silently counting the number of her missing family members, seven or eight, she says, from her mother to her 8-year-old son, koto. he is presumed dead, his body washed away by the tsunami, he was at school. >> no matter what's happened to him, i just want him back, she says. my child should come home to me, i need to find him. it's a feeling shared by this community, searching for so many young children and mourning a loss that defies life's natural
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order. when the earthquake happened, students at the elementary evacuated out of the school, they had no idea a tsunami was coming. out of 108 students at the school that day, 77 are either dead or missing. that's 70% of the children at the school. only a shell stands where children learned. backpack after backpack sits for parents to retrieve, along with a picture of the school little league team, the bats they used, art bags filled with crayons, all waiting to be identified and brought home. but there are no homes for these evacuees. you may notice there are hardly any children in this shelter. those who survived will struggle emotional emotionally. aid organization feed the
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children says that helping the children with a safe to play is important. >> to have a sense of safety and actually also to work with the parents and how to support them in the process, it's going to be a long recovery process for children. >> for 8-year-old miku, one of the 30 survivors of the elementary school, it's a chance to draw something pretty, away from the devastation of the world around her. the day ends without any word about her missing son, she will not fall apart, she says. i'm not okay, she says, of course i'm not, but i have another son, ron saw the tsunami, his brother is not coming home, so i think he understands. i can see he's pretending to be happy so we don't worry about him. so mother joins and pretends for her son and for herself.
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top of the hour, i'm suzanne malveaux, coalition jets hit targets in libya for a sixth day now, but gadhafi remains in power. the white house is working to make sure that the u.s. goal is separate from the u.n. mission. >> we're not setting out with a policy of regime change here, we set out a very defined goal, which is we shaped the environment and enabled our international partners to take over the no fly zone, we're on the verge of doing that. >> gadhafi forces holding soon at -- there are tanks continue to shell the cities while snipers pick off people from rooftops and rebels will preveal in the long run. >> i've just been patrolling the
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tripoli streets and they have taken control like they are blocking them. they will not listen and go out. it just a matter of time to win this battle. >> in yemen, a president under fire puts out his supporters on the street in a noisy demonstration. the president is under intense pressure to step aside immediately, but he is 'fusing. several generals and diplomats flee sides after a bloody clash last week. another 15 people are reported dead in syria after police fired on anti-government protesters in
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the southern city. thousands are on the streets for a soldier's funeral. he was killed apparently, because he refused to fire on protesters. and in tokyo, officials say it is now safe for babies to drink tap water, or for parents to use tap water in formula. that is because levels of radioactive iodine in the city's water system dropped today. still the city handed out a quarter million bottles of water to homes with kids. steam is rising from one of the reactors at the fukushima nuclear plant today. but there's no reason for alarm. officials have upgraded the status of three of the reactors to safe.
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two fukushima workers are hospitalized with radiation poisoning. new safety and security questions today at reagan international. early this morning, two commercial jet liners waiting to land got no answer from the control tower. >> the tower is apparently unmanned. we called on the phone and nobody's answers so the aircraft went in uncontrolled at the airport. >> the pilots talked themselves down and landed the plane safely. just one controller is on duty for the graveyard shift at reagan national. the secretary says that is going to change immediately. now is your chance to talk
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back about one of the big stories of the day, president obama is facing growing criticism over his handling of the air strikes in libya. he hasn't made any public statements about the strategy in libya since then. so it brings us to the question today and our carol costello. >> the president says the u.s. has an exit strategy for libya that will take place this week and that has them scratching their heads. exit strategy is one thing, but what exactly is the entrance strategy. it didn't take long for a bain -- boehner says the president committed u.s. military sources to war without clearly defining for the american people the congress and our troops what the mission in libya is. democrat nancy pelosi sent her own letter cautiously supporting the president.
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some are saying that has to change and fast. michael walledman, a former speechwriter for president clinton says u.s. presidents don't order troops into war without explaining themselves to the nation. wahlberg wrote, quote, mr. obama may believe u.s. missiles speak for themselves, they don't. what about now? will the u.s. stay in if the war drags on or seek control from other partners. what do you want the president to say or do about libya? write to me on facebook.com/car facebook.com/carolcnn. >> i suspect the president is going to speak fairly soon about libya and try to make that clear. >> as in maybe this afternoon or tomorrow? >> let me check my e-mail and make a phone call. >> here's a look at what's ahead on the rundown, cleaning up a u.s. aircraft carrier exposed to radiation. also members of moammar
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gadhafi's inner circle reaching out to the united states and others. plus breaking down the cost of the u.s. military operation in libya. plus security questions at reagan international, we're going to look at other incidents involving problems with control towers. elizabeth taylor remembering the hollywood star's humanitarian efforts. e [ male announcer ] you are a business pro. premier of the packed bag. you know when to hold 'em... and how to fold 'em. and you...rent from national.
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robertson who's in tripoli. i understand you're now at a funeral for the victims that the government claims are civilian victims of the air strikes, does that ring true to you? >> these both soldiers and civilians, but we're getting very -- what's been hard for us to find here are any representatives of the family who are being buried here. certainly we have seen a couple of people being buried into graves and they do appear to be male and they do appear to be of military age. but it's really impossible for us to know exactly who's being buried here. there's over 30 coffins brought forward today, we're told that some of the people in their coffins would be buried in their hometowns but we saw several coffins being encased in cement
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and buried in the ground. it's a more clear message to the international community and it was made particularly clear because the government had brought an english speaking immom, and his message was very clear to the international community, we don't believe your lies, we don't believe whatever the media is saying, we're the victims and we're going to fight and that's something we heard from a lot of people at the gravesite side. >> tell us about this trip that you were going on, it was a government sponsored trip to see a house that was damaged by the strike? >> reporter: that was yesterday afternoon and we were taken by government officials into the south of the city to see a house they said was hit as part of collateral damage, where they said civilians were being killed in that strike, they couldn't find the house, they drove us to the outside of a military base,
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it was a large military base on the south of the city, but at no point could they find the house and at no point could they show us anyone who could give an account as to what was supposed to have transpired there. and the government wasn't given any help to local residents as to what may have gone on through the area, people who live here are not happy with the government. it's very hard for us to get beyond the limits of information we were able to garner on the trip. >> and nic, before you started telling us that story, did we hear gun fire? can you tell us what's happening? >> there's a number of soldiers and a number of policemen and a number of civilians all who have automatic weapons. since the last couple of weeks of tension and then the air
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campaigns began, more and more people are being given weapons here. and what you heard as i was walking past a police vehicle, and there's no provocation, as they were walking away, we released some rounds into the air above my head. but that's sort of typical for what we're seeing here these days. >> please be safe, nic, we appreciate your reports and the updates. thanks, nic. when the nuclear crisis hit japan, the uss ronald reagan had some exposure to some radio activity from the power plant. >> reporter: right here every piece of machinery used to -- you can see a lot of the crew
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has and you're wondering why are they all sitting around? we'll show you. look what's going on back over here, water, lots and lots of water just being sprayed all over the deck right now in what is likely the biggest cleanup effort you're ever likely to see at sea. as the crews went to work with the foam and the brushes, there was music but the idea here is safety. >> they contaminated the ship. >> these aircraft carrier and some helicopters travelled through the radioactive plume. there was some expose to the crew and the aircraft and possibly the ship. so this is all designed to clean it, scrub it down, use brushes, use foam, clear every possible surface and then check it with special machines such as geiger counters while keeping the crew
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in protective suits. the uss "ronald reagan" is assisting with humanitarian efforts. sea water is one of the things the japanese are using to cool down those nuclear reactors. but it might be a problem later on. chad myers is digging in and telling us why the sea water could ultimately damage this in the end. >> i did an experiment today because i did it at home and i wanted to show you what it looked like. i boiled this cup in my microwave. i boiled salt water in my microwave after that and this is what it looks like, the miracle of the earth is that when the sun hits the water, even the ocean water, it doesn't evaporate salt water, it evaporates salt water.
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without that process the entire earth would be a salt water mess. every time the salt water is poured in, fresh water, the steam, that reactive steam is let out, but the s.a.l.alt rema and then they pour more ocean water in, because that's what they have the most of. and then the salt remains and the steam goes off so it is becoming more and more concentrated and there may be as much as 60 to 100 pounds of salt in these reactors, because of the salt that's come in, the steam that's been released as the fresh distilled steam, but the salt remains. and now the salt may be getting in between the rods, although it's just becoming a real -- you couldn't even imagine how salty now this water is inside. and if it all dries up, or for whatever reason, we get this on the outside of the rods, the
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rods are not going to be able to cool themselves, that won't be in touch with the water, and so therefore the rods could overheat all by themselves. we knew days ago that when we heard they were pouring salt water in, this is a last-ditch effort. when you're running water over a reactor, you need the cleanest possible water. you start to get this highly corrosive mixture in here, especially if it's not calming down. >> chad, thank you, very good demonstration. question, is moammar gadhafi looking for the door? maybe even a deal? well, gadhafi's brother-in-law is said to be calling the state department, almost daily. he doesn't know that his parents are counting on the money they pay in.
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members of moammar gadhafi's inner circle are in touch with the united states and with the u.n. it's not clear what their intentions are. you brought us this story and it's fascinating to hear what kind of interaction is going on behind the scenes. does the united states believe that gadhafi's close aides are going to defect? do they think there's a deal on the table? what do we know about these
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communications. >> i think it's a bit of wishful thinking, and it's a bit of cyops, trying to play games with colonel gadhafi. ever since the no fly zone started, they have been in touch with the state department and other arab states. at first it was to say we're going to abide by the no fly zone and you can't really let the opposition win here, but they're saying they're really fighting terrorists, but as the days have rolled on, they're keeping in touch, but they're not really clear about what their aims are. they haven't said specifically that they want to abandon colonel gadhafi or that colonel gadhafi wants a way out. so the state department, what the obama administration, what they're trying to say, send a message to those aides around gadhafi. the end is near and you should really try and think of a way
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out. that's really what the administration is trying, i think, to send a message. but if they think that colonel gadhafi 1is hunkering down. >> what do they think about those folks who are reaching out to the united states. >> you have heard both colonel gadhafi and his sons say we're in it to the death, we're going to die in libya. so what the u.s. is saying is, save yourselves, you know what the international criminal court has started an investigation against colonel gadhafi and his close aides, these could be indicted. they have a lot of money that could be frozen by u.s. officials. so what they're trying to say is gadhafi is ultimately not going to be in power much longer, who knows how long this will go on, but you can save yourselves. and i think there's a lot of psychological operations going on trying to send a message to colonel gadhafi saying you can't
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trust your inner circle trying to get him to stand down. >> how will the conflict in libya affect what you pay for in gas. that's what cnn's carla zoosk is talking about today. people are watching to see if it's going to go up, it's going to go down? >> we know that crude oil prices hit $106 per barrel and that's really, really climbing. and what we're looking at today is how libya impacts that. we have been told libya is a major producer, it's the number three producer in africa. but libya only produces 2% of what the world uses per day. so why does that have such an influence on crude? well it said two things, drive the market, greed and fear, and in this case, we are looking at the fear of traitors that the fear might spread throughout that region to nations that are
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bigger producers of crude oil. >> greed, fear, how does that impact the gas prices here in the united states? does that play out here? >> it does. i mean when you look at crude oil prices and gas prices, they're intricksably linked. when crude oil goes up, usually gas prices follow, but there are other factors here, in japan, there were refineries knocked down, knocked out by the earthquake and tsunami. those are getting back up and running, but traders were concerned that japan would need refined oil, refined gasoline, that would impact the price. and the united states is entering its busy driving season. over the next 90 days, we're going to see americans driving more, right now a lot of people already driving on spring break and as people drive more, demand for gas goes up and that can affect the price as well. so i wouldn't expect to see gas prices go down any time, we're
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probably going to see a decline over the next few months, susan. >> don't forget to choose the news, vote by texting 22360. a look back at the life of hollywood legend elizabeth taylor, or a new phone app developers say is as revoluti revolutionary as facebook and twitter. vote by texting 22360. the winning story is going to air later in the hour.
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checking what's ahead on the rundown, the cost of war. funding the military operation against libya is already stirring debate in washington. there's a military side and a political side to the u.s. role in libya. we're going to talk strategy with retired major general spider marks. plus two planes land at reagan international airport without any direction from the control tower. we're going to take a closer look at who's controlling the skies. and we'll take a look at the humanitarian side of the the late actress elizabeth taylor. the goal of the coalition air strikes on libya is to save lives. you can't put a price tag on that, but the military operation is costly, and it set off debate
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over funding. i want to bring in jennifer loberto of cnn.com. you had a great article out on the cost of the operate in libya, and you say the tab already running into the hundreds of millions of dollars, what do you think this means for defense spending? >> these hundreds of millions of dollars, it's a pot of money that they haven't -- they haven't planned on. they didn't plan for this operation at all. so what we're looking at is potentially at some point in the future the pentagon might have to ask congress for more money. they have a special emergency pot they can dip into now, but they might have to ask congress for more money in the future and congress hasn't really been in a giving mood lately. >> so what do we think are the estimates for establishing and maintaining a no fly zone? >> for establishing the no fly zone, it's $800 million and just for keeping it up, they're talking about $100 million every week to maintain that no fly
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zone. >> and cruise missile missiles? >> cruise missiles run about 1 -- the fighter jet that crashed as well, how does that weigh in. >> well the fighter jet that crashed, you're assuming that they're going to replace it with a top model, that's going to run about 100 million to $150 million. >> what about jet fuel? >> jet fuel ends up being a really big expense. it's about 200 million for one jet to fly over the know floo zone. >> members of congress are going to be debating whether this is worth the cost. jennifer, thanks again, we appreciate a great write up in cnnmoney.com.
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we want to go beyond the headlines now for a closer look at what is happening with the military in libya. gadhafi's forces are keeping up ground attacks after six stays of air strikes, but retired army major general spider marks. thanks for being here with us. >> my pleasure. first of all, what do you make of the military operation so far? if you can even say who's winning, who's losing? >> i think if you look at the applicational force by the coalition, it was phenomenal. it was put together really, really quickly. it really speaks to professionalism, the level of training, these great relationships that the united states and our partners have forged over the course of many, many years. it's phenomenal if you look at it exclusively of great young men and women and great leaders that have put this together to achieve an in state.
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there's a gap between what we see right now and what the political goals look like, we hear a lot about what the u.n. is trying to achieve. we hear a lot about what the president has said he's trying to achieve. those are two separate and d disinstinct objectives. but we have men and women at risk for a limited objective that seems to be conforming into something else. it's a phenomenally great application of military force. >> the mission obviously to protect the civilians from gadhafi and his forces and establish this no fly zone. the political mission, however, and we heard from the white house, it's not regime change, but they say gadhafi must go, how does the u.s. fulfill this political mission? >> i have to tell you, gadhafi is extremely perverse, obviously very cynical and very much a
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survivalist. he is tucking his mobile military capabilities, his tanks, his fighters, his mobile air defenses, his artillery pieces in with the populated areas, you go after those, you're going to end up with collateral damage where civilians are going to be killed and it becomes extremely difficult to target those capabilities very precisely. so in order for gadhafi to be gone, i have to tell you, somebody's going to have to walk up to gadhafi and shoot him in the face and it's going to have to be confirmed that he's gone, he' dead. now let's try somebody else and facilitate some replacement that we think we can trust. >> how does the military carry out that operation? do they supply the opposition with money? with weapons? with training? or those backdoor conversations we have had with gadhafi aides and loyalists. >> we have mixed efforts of
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trying to achieve results through multiple proxies. who can carry the load, if not the united states in a lead position, which we clearly should not be, who will step up and take responsibility for this? we are trying to separate gadhafi's forces from the rebels and to do that, we're going after gadhafi's forces, so it appears to us, we're on the side of the rebels, clearly we are not, but we overtly lly are ins of the opposition. >> clearly there's a lot of tribal factions, do we have a clear sense of who these folks are that we're going to be dealing with? >> clearly not, and i think job one for our intelligence community is who's making up the central core of this rebel force? can we in fact trust them? is there in fact going to be a new leader going to be defined gr these ranks?
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i don't think we know that quite yet, i think we need to figure out more. >> general spider marks, thank you for joining us. not much time for you left to choose the news. vote by texting 22360, one for elizabeth today already's life, two for a revolutionary phone and. silence from the control tower at reagan international. we're taking a closer look at who's watching the skies.
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have some breaking news here, cnn has now confirm with the french defense ministry that a french warplane fired an air to ground missile at a libyan military plane and destroyed it. this happened just after it landed at misrata air force base. a french newspaper is reporting that the libyan jet fighter was about to land in an area that was near misrata, it was shot down by this french fighter as it was about to land, this
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according to an unnamed u.n. official. there are no reports on whether that libyan jet fighter was landing or was still in the air. all of this essentially to say there is a lot of activity that's going on there in libya in the skies as you have a no-fly zone that is being established to make sure that gadha gadhafi's military air capabilities are defeated. this also in, the faa's now suspended the air traffic controller who was not reachable when those proatwo airplanes la without anyone in the air traffic control tower. the faa administrator says as a former airline pilot, i am
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personally outraged that the controller did not help land these two planes. so clearly unacceptable and there's been action already taken regarding this. but those two commercial pilots, you recall they were looking for clearance to land, no response. they landed safely with all the passengers, that was fine. but secretary lray la hood to pt that air trafficker controller on suspensioned. the director of these -- i'm sorry, it was not the director, we're speaking with the military safety airport expert about what had taken place. here's his perspective. >> clearly procedurally something went wrong here and the investigators will get to the bottom of that.
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but 90% of the airports in the country do not have control towers, but they treated it where the air traffic control tower was closed and landed. the risk to the passengers here was very, very low. >> why boilwould you say that, because we would assume that the controller in that tower would help both of those pilots to know that the run way was clear to land. >> there are 170 airports who do not have control towers, so there's procedures to do that and they're done safely every day. >> explain to us, help us understand that, this is not just any airport, this is reagan national, it's five miles from the airport. it's a very busy airport and a really important place. >> you're absolutely right, it's
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a very special airport. it's right next to some of the most strictly prohibited air space in the country, there are special procedures for high speed communications of the secret service and whatever else. and so it is a highly sensitive airport. but to say it's busy, it's busy but it's definitely not busy after midnight, it's very slow. >> ray la hood says this is not a good idea. that you have to have at least two people in the tower. why is it acceptable to just have one? is that typical. >> i go back to the point that 90 percent of the airports in the country have no towers at all and it's largely dictated by traffic counts so after midnight departures are about zero and arrivals are very few. the secretary has made a situation and i'm not questioning that that he will require two controllers in that tower. steve wallace, the former faa's
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accidents unit. this is not the first time air traffic control has been called into question. >> reporter: in air transportation, there are no second chances. but there have been a number of close calls and even tragedies that have been cause for alarm. >> jeff blue 171, cleared for takeoff. >> like the case of the controller's kids landing planes at new york's jfk last year. >> adios amigos. >> the controller was put on leave. and an even more disturbing case, the air traffic controller on a personal phone call when he should have been manning his post. a helicopter crashed over the hudson river in 2009 that left nine people dead. and then there's been cases where exhaustation and demands of a nerve-racking job have
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taken their poll. reporting mistakes by air traffic controllers were up 51% last year. but as federal authorities began their investigation into what happened at reagan national, it's clear that air traffic controllers are a part of life in the tower. >> elizabeth taylor was the ultimate actress, but she also won fans from around the world in her battle against hiv and aides while a lot of other actresses stayed quiet. a look at the late actress's life.
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funeral plans have not been announced yet for libz taylor. she died at the age of 79. she's known not only for her glamorous career, but also in her trail blazing role against hiv and aids. >> elizabeth taylor was the first celebrity to talk publicly about aids, it was not a popular cause at the time. but after her dear friend rock hudson died in 1985, she stepped up. she testified before congress, lobbied presidents and helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for aids research. but perhaps more than anything
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else, liz taylor wanted people to know that those suffering from hiv and aids should not be feared orationed and she inspired others including celebrities like elton john. i spoke with elton john a little bit more than a year ago about his own aids foundation and he talked about the woman who sin spired him. >> she took on aids when nobody really cared about aids, when it was not a part of the national conversation. >> i have to say elizabeth taylor was an inspiration to me. she was the first to get out there when aids was happening and genuinely supporting the cause. >> i also spoke with kenneth cole the fashion designer and what he said about the woman who held the position before him. >> people supported elizabeth and she was very convinced and very compelling and she didn't ask you to do anything she would not have done herself. she had the courage to do this early on when others weren't and
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that's invariably when you make the most impact. and you can whisper in a quiet room and people hear you. and it was very quiet in those days and she wasn't just whispering. >> taylor if you can believe it was actually on twitter and last july she tweeted this, give, remember always to give. that is the thing that will make you grow. kenneth cole says elizabeth taylor will be missed but also remembered and her message will live on. alino cho. cnn, new york. >> elias posted this comment saying that elizabeth taylor will always be remembered for her iconic beauty on screen, her two oscars, eight marriages but also for raising millions for aids research. and getting hollywood involve in the aids crisis and standing by michael jackson.
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from cnn's managing editor cat kinsman, chili, that woman loved some chili. liz taylor will remain the example of liveliness. her role in virginia woolf startling me into perm men si. we asked, what do you want the president to say or the about libya? carol costello is up with some of your responses. [ woman ] we take it a day at a time.
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now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day, president obama's strategy in libya is coming under some fire from democrats as well as republicans. that's the topic of today's talk back question. carol's got all the answers. >> talk back question of the day, what do you want the president to say or do about libya? this from peter, several times the president has stated his position on libya in language simple enough for even a small child to understand. some people are waiting for what they want to hear. others are so deeply engaged in
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destructive criticism, all they can do is vent mindlessly. without french naval assistance during the revolution, we probably wouldn't have gained america. and anyone who calls out the president in a derogatory nature is wrong. he may not have handled the situation right, but remember he was elected commander in chief, don't hate the player, hate the game. and from tom, i'm hoping he'll land on an aircraft carrier, that has a big banner saying mission accomplished, oh, wait, that's been done already. >> a lot of viewers have a sense of humor about this. they take pot shots at both sides. i love that. >> okay. thanks, carol. our producers are quickly telling last-minute results on choose the news winner, that's up next. uratannjoy the delicious, satisfying taste
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the wimpb winning story for choose the news, ever take a picture with your phone and want to share it with somebody right next to you, or even strangers? dan simon gives us a sneak peek. >> we're in palo alto, california, the heart of silicon valley. for the last six months, a team of engineers has been developing a secret app, so secret that they put paper on the windows to
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block public view, now it's being released to the world. and if you believe what they're saying, this application will be as revolutionary as facebook and twitter. bill winn is the founder of they wrote some very large checks even before seeing a real product. >> we were getting $41 million to start our company. it's one of the largest fundings ever for a private software offering. what does color do? it's a new kind of social network. it allows users of an droids and iphone devices to share their videos and texts with everyone around them. >> it's like going to a wedding where you have all these disposable cameras that they lay down, and it's great because you can share -- einstantly in your
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application. you didn't have to upload it, you didn't have downloads it. it just happens. >> in this view, i can see photos and videos of all people taking video in color on their smart phone by me. >> and you can keep the photo forever. if that sounds like an invasion of privacy to you, mguyen says don't use the app. the app is free. mguyen hopes to hl -- >> how can you convince someone they could be using this. >> i think today when i capture pictures with my camera, it's just my single perspective. so by using this application, it's going to be really fun. >> mguyen's intuition of what users will like have served them well. his last company was bought by apple for a reported $80 million.
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before that, he got more than 10 times that amount, $850 million for a web messaging service. not bad for a college dropout with no formal background in computers. he thinks his newest company has a chance to overshadow his successes. >> it's a very different goal, let's see what happens. >> whatever happens, with millions in investment, color has a lot of people counting on it to be a hit. dan simon, cnn, palo alto, california. cnn newsroom continues with randi kay. >> you don't have to know a millie receive investigator from a mole hill. the course if you need a reminder. it's the fukushima plant has ov overheated to the point of multiple fires. radiation levels

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